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My husband recently asked me what I wanted from him and the kids this Mother’s Day.  “Do you want to spend the day with us or do you want us to skedaddle?”  My answer is yes and yes, because …

2023 Gardening Season Is Here

As the days get longer and temperatures rise, it’s time for local gardeners to welcome in the 2023 gardening season.  This is an exciting time of year as you plan out your garden beds and decide …

The North Shore has much going on in the way of gardening—from flower farming and amazing CSAs to spectacular home and formal gardens.  But out on Southern Avenue in Essex, just next to the Cox …

Will Fungi Take Over the World?

Will the human race be annihilated by a fungal infection?   Will fungi turn us all into homicidal zombies someday?   That is what the popular new HBO science fiction series, “The Last of …

The Joys of Winter Mushrooms

It may be surprising, but one can find a few edible wild mushrooms during wintertime.  The good thing is that hunting them gives you something to do while you’re cross-country skiing or walking in …

It may be surprising, but there are a few edible wild mushrooms that one can find during wintertime.  The good thing is that hunting them gives you something to do while you’re cross-country …

Tweetings, fellow birders.  Thanks for flying in to read this column!   Well, the holiday season has kicked off, which means it's time for that annual Thanksgiving feast.  Truly a wonderful …

So Much Work Ahead For The Great Marsh

YOU MAY HAVE READ in these articles on the Great Marsh details on the salt marsh restoration work that is underway in the Great Marsh.   This work includes regeneration of native salt marsh …

BIRD'S EYE VIEW: Give A Pigeon His Due

Tweetings, fellow birders! Thanks for flying in to read this column!  This week we're going to look at a familiar visitor not necessarily to your backyard feeder, but rather, to your power lines. …

Smart, Not Spooky: The Common Crow

Tweetings, fellow birders!  Thanks for flying in to read this column.   This week I'd like to discuss a very interesting neighbor which you might take for granted, that being our old pal and …

Annual Cardboard Box Regatta

  It was sparkling sunshine and quince summer at the public boat launch behind Manchester’s Town Hall on Sunday for the 13th Annual Cardboard Box Regatta and the rim of the inner harbor was …

MECT Fall Hikes

The Manchester Essex Conservation Trust (MECT) has scheduled a series of Fall hikes and programs to encourage the public to get out and enjoy the outdoors this season. Sunday, October 16, 2 to 4 …

Tweetings, fellow birders! Thanks for flying in to read this column! This week we'll give a hoot and grab a glimpse at the gifted night flyer known as the owl. Often heard but seldom seen, these …

Apple A Day, Smile Your Way

Tweetings, fellow birders!  Thanks for flying in to read this column.  Alas, summer is over, but now we have the fun of autumn to look forward to. With that in mind, I thought we'd try something …

Tweetings, fellow birders!  Thanks for flying in to read this column. This week we're going to take a look at a splendid specimen that has a genuine knack for impersonation.  They're not quite …

The North Shore Horticultural Society welcomes the 2022-2023 program season with the opening meeting on September 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall at 62 School Street in …

As the summer boating season starts to wind down, an assessment of the season will begin.  A re-occurring concern, highlighted by record crowds on hot and sunny weekends this summer, is the use of …

On Tuesday, October 4, at 12:30 p.m. the Manchester Essex Rotary Club will kick off its 24th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit local students at the Meadow At Peabody Golf Course. The event will …

For a week in July, 10 Scouts attended Summer Camp at the 1,200-acre JN Webster Scout Reservation, in Ashford Connecticut.  While at camp, the Scouts from Troop 3 in Manchester earned 33 merit …

Tweetings, fellow birders!  Thanks for flying in to read this column. You know, since so many of my winged pals are preparing to head south for the winter, I've had a hard time finding anyone to …

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